- to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
- to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.
Origin of assassinate
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for assassinator
Gin you met this ganglin' assassinator, wha'd be for maister?
I think that the firing that was done could have been done with the type gun that they say the assassinator used.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
- to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for assassinator
1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper